Terry Donahue dominated more football matches at UCLA than some other mentor, setting up a blue-and-highest quality level for supported accomplishment over his 20 seasons at the school.
None of it would have been conceivable without what may have been his two biggest victories: having the opportunity to play for and mentor the Bruins.
As a small guarded tackle at first ignored by the school, inciting stops at San Jose State and L.A. Valley College, he went from assigned work on handling faker to two-year starter and individual from the school’s initially Rose Bowl title group.
As a mentor, he rose from an untested 31-year-old to an all-around regarded veteran, his 151 triumphs dramatically increasing the all out of any other individual in school history. His 98 Pacific 10 triumphs actually remain as the most in meeting history. Donahue, the interminably tanned, self-destroying, and apparently ever-enduring mentor who directed the Bruins to their longest run of football brilliance under a solitary mentor, kicked the bucket Sunday evening at his home in Newport Beach encompassed by family following a two-year fight with the disease, the school reported. He was 77.
UCLA had declared in May 2019 that Donahue went through a medical procedure for an undisclosed type of malignancy and was starting chemotherapy. Donahue is made due by his better half Andrea and three little girls, Nicole, Michele, and Jennifer, notwithstanding three children-in-law and 10 grandkids.
Under Donahue, UCLA won four Pac-10 titles and tied for another. Donahue turned into the principal mentor to dominate a bowling match in seven straight seasons, and his group completed the position in the best 10 broadly multiple times.
It was a bewildering run of thriving for somebody whose modest beginnings in the game momentarily made him ponder a vocation as a fighter.
“I’m an overachiever,” Donahue said in the wake of going 9-2-1 out of 1976 during his first season as UCLA’s lead trainer, “and incredibly, … ah, normal. All things considered, ‘sorry’ is presumably the word I’m looking for.”
Donahue’s groups were everything except despicable. In his first game as a mentor, the Bruins upset third-positioned Arizona State, and amazing Sun Devils mentor Frank Kush, 28-10, in Tempe, Ariz., however solely after Pepper Rodgers, Donahue’s UCLA archetype, mitigated the anxious youngster mentor.